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Waynes in 2021 expects to see his first action as Bengal after losing entire '20 season to pectoral injury early in training camp ... Coveted 2020 UFA acquisition who had been slotted as starting CB ... Carried on roster through final cuts last season to leave open the possibility of late-season return, but never did come off Reserve/Injured ... Originally a first-round draft pick of Minnesota in 2015 and spent first five seasons with Vikings ('15-19) ... Helped Vikings rank in top five in both total defense and passing defense in three of four seasons with team ... Considered sure tackler and ranked in top four among Vikings defenders in solo tackles in all but one of his seasons with team ... Enters 2021 with 74 career games played (53 starts), 236 tackles, a sack, seven INTs and two FFs.
Bengals Welcome Return to Waynes World: 'I'm Not Limited In Any Way'
Trae Waynes still remembers the rep. He still remembers the set. He still remembers the weight.
He still can't believe his shoulder exploded, blowing up his season with surgery that wiped out his 2020 season before it even began. But what he can believe is that whenever the Bengals get back on the practice field, he'll be out there.
Bengals Defense Seeks Same Traits As Scheme Evolves
The Bengals may be running a different blueprint on defense these days, but the specifications of the prospective players haven't budged one centimeter or kilogram.
"Corners and rushers, man. Corners and rushers," said defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo before he went into morning meetings this week. "You have to be able to affect the quarterback."
Bengals Make Midweek Player Moves
The Bengals today made the following player moves: signed CB Donnie Lewis and CB Trajan Bandy to the practice squad, placed practice squad DE Freedom Akinmoladun and S Trayvon Henderson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and activated CB Trae Waynes from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.